The Medical Arts Academy at Bowling Green High School is celebrating the donation of an ambulance.
“We are going to have a functioning ambulance inside our classroom so that students can learn first hand what it means not just what it means to work in the medical arts field but actually prepare students to be future EMTs in our community” says Gary Fields, the Bowling Green Superintendent.
The ambulance donation is a partnership between Med Center Health, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, and Bowling Green High School to give students a head start in a medical career.
This program gives students the chance to start a medical education while they are still in high school. The ambulance helps train students to become future EMTs.
“It simulates that they can load a patient in, they can spend time in the back of the patient care compartment, taking care of the patient thru simulated scenarios. Once that part is over they can take them out of the ambulance and either end the scenario or continue it in a different setting like a hospital bed that’s already set up where they can practice handing off to other members of the health care team.” says Jim Williams with Med Center Health.
The medical industry is growing in South Central Kentucky and this program will give students the skills they need to find a job in this region.
“There has been quite a bit of investment like this in other sectors and we really see more of that coming in the coming years so that our students will get to train on relevant equipment so that when they go into their career pathway in any of our sectors in our region, they will be ready to go to work and improve the quality of life for the families they have.” says Ron Bunch, the CEO & President with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Fields says he looks forward to watching his students succeed...
“My proud moment will be in a couple of years when I'm driving down the street and I see an ambulance drive by and I see one of our students who was trained in this program driving that ambulance and taking care of people in our community.” says Fields.